Council on Foreign Relations

  • Volunteer Intern, Communications, Fall 2018

    Global Communications and Media Relations
  • Overview

    CFR’s volunteer internships give selected volunteer interns the opportunity to receive training in the area of foreign policy; as well as skills training in areas such as writing, research, and program planning.


    The Global Communications and Media Relations department focuses on maximizing the presence of CFR in print, broadcast, and online media outlets and on promoting CFR’s roster of products, which includes on-the-record events, CFR books, Council Special Reports, Task Force reports, working papers, online publications and interactive features, and Foreign Affairs articles.  The department also works to ensure that CFR experts are visible in the news media.


    CFR volunteer internships are unpaid, require a 16- 21 hour commitment, and are filled on a rolling basis.

    The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to):

    • Copy-editing press releases, press notes, media guides, and other communications materials
    • Fact checking written materials and conducting research to develop targeted press lists
    • Fielding press inquiries about CFR and media requests for experts
    • Assisting with press check-in and providing staffing support at weekly CFR events


    • Undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Communications, Journalism, or International Relations
    • Previous internship experience in events, journalism, marketing, or other think tank organizations preferred
    • Proficiency in MS Office suite, as well as social media channels and research databases
    • Ability to multitask and work well collectively in a fast-paced environment
    • Strong organizational skills and close attention to detail

    About CFR

    Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in New York, an office in Washington, DC, and programs nationwide. It is dedicated to increasing America's understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. CFR's 5,000+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent magazine on global issues, and provides up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on its award-winning website,


    The Council on Foreign Relations is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Quality, diversity, and balance are the key objectives sought by the Council on Foreign Relations in the composition of its workforce.


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